Artist websites are intended to show off well organized collections of work. Which makes sense. Show off your good stuff, right?
Truth is, art is messier than that. Experiments gone wrong. Super ugly things. That cursed canvas that just can't be rescued and needs to be thrown out. Tangents and sidebars that you look at and think "what was I thinking?" Every now and then, something great comes along. At least for me, it tends to be surrounded by a bunch of other stuff that someone may find nice but I find questionable.
When I look at great artist websites and collections, it can feel intimidating and I feel like I'm doing something wrong. But I'm guessing I'm pretty normal.
So, I've decided to take a different approach to my website. Instead of curating and productizing, I'm using this space to put it all out there-- the good, the bad, and the ugly. The styles all over the place. The learnings and mistakes. The experiments gone wrong. I'm stepping out of the need to productize my work and make it all nice and neat and digestible. The only organizational tool I'm allowing myself is the year the work was made. And in some cases, it's a guess.
Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish. When it's all out there, easy to see, evolving over time... maybe some new perspective will show up. It's a method I've used time and time again as a designer and brand strategist when I'm researching and looking for the story, the theme, the big idea that ties it all together. Is it possible to turn the eye back on my own work? That's my question.
So, if you've happened to stumble upon my site, leave a comment. Share your experience. Oh-- and if you happen to have one of my works and you don't see it here, please, snap a photo and send it over! I'd really appreciate that.